Guitarist Zoltan Bathory of Los Angeles-based metallers FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH has commented on te band's upcoming sophomore album, "War Is The Answer", which will see a late summer/early fall release. He said, "The new record has been co-produced by Kevin Churko, who was heavily involved with OZZY's [OSBOURNE] 'Black Rain' album, and the plan is for it to be mixed by Randy Staub, whose track record includes METALLICA, among many others.
"In terms of the overall style, I would say that we've continued the journey we started on the first album, so there's a healthy balance of melody and aggression, and as always we concentrated on writing strong metal songs in the traditional sense. There's some epic moments on the record, and there's some straight-up home-wreckers, too. All I can say is, those who liked our first album are going to LOVE this one!"
Bathory told The Pulse of Radio that he wasn't worried about coming up with material for the band's second studio effort. "We have a lot to say," he said. "I tell you what, we're not going to be hurting for material for a long time probably. We have like three, four albums worth of stuff. So it's not gonna be an issue. It's pretty much just the mechanical part of like, you know, like properly recording the songs. You have to go to a good studio, you know what I mean, you have to spend some time. But all the material, yeah, we have a lot of stuff."
The band's next album will follow up its 2007 debut, "The Way Of The Fist", which has sold 325,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The CD produced three singles, including "Stranger Than Fiction" and "Never Enough".
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH did confirm the departure of guitarist Darrell Roberts in January, replacing him with former ALICE COOPER axeman Jason Hook.